Opportunities for Student Writers

Competitions and Awards

The Ruth George Poetry Prize is awarded for an outstanding poem or group of poems. All students are eligible; submissions are typically due in early April. For more information please contact Professor Cheryl Walker of the Scripps English Department (x73536) by mail: Scripps College Box # 4058.

The Crombie Allen Award is given for the best creative written work: essay, short story, poetry, or play (but not senior thesis). All students are eligible; submissions are typically due in early April. For more information, please contact Professor John Peavoy of the English Department (x73536) by mail: Scripps College Box # 4048.

Publications Accepting Student Work

The Scripps Journal

The Scripps Journal is a collection of student productions which, while originally limited to academic essays, now includes any type of artwork or writing. Sands Award winners are automatically included in the Journal, whereas the remaining content is from student submissions that are carefully reviewed by the Scripps Journal editorial board. Students from all 5-Cs are encouraged to submit their works, with the deadline for submission being toward the end of March. For more information, please contact Kimberly Drake, faculty advisor.

The Scripps Voice

The Scripps Voice is the campus newsmagazine of Scripps College. Comments and letters can be sent to Scripps College voice, Box 1124, 1030 Columbia Avenue, Claremont, California 91711. Letters to the Editor must be signed, but can be printed anonymously. The Scripps Voice may be emailed at

[In]Visible Magazine

[In]Visible is a student-run Scripps magazine devoted to addressing the issues of body image on campus while promoting appreciation of inner beauty. The magazine is published once per semester, and staff members are always in search of writers, copy editors, designers, and art staff.

La Semeuse, Scripps College’s Yearbook

La Semeuse is the Scripps College yearbook. Our aim is to preserve our experience here through student contribution and ideas. We are always in need of new ideas, new art, new vision, photography, illustration, poetry, prose, etc. Anything that you feel represents you or Scripps or your time here deserves to be remembered, and La Semeuse is a blank space in Scripps history on which you can make your mark. Every woman changes the Scripps community in a unique way, and it is important to the La Semeuse staff that these women are recognized. You can be as involved in the yearbook as you like, and any and every contribution is appreciated. La Semeuse is published annually, and accepts work-study and volunteer applications for writers, photographers, and editors. Most of the work is done in the fall, but students are needed in the spring as well. The selection process for the two (2) La Semeuse editors takes place early in the spring semester.

“Beyond the Elms”

“Beyond the Elms” is a student-written blog managed by Career Planning & Resources that addresses issues relating to career development. Writers discuss their journey to choose a major, find an internship, search for jobs, apply to graduate schools, and figure out exactly what it is that they’re looking for in their career-life outside of Scripps.

Scripps Magazine

The Scripps Office of Communication and Marketing publishes Scripps Magazine three times a year: late fall, spring, and summer. With a circulation of 11,000, we mail to all living alumnae, donors, and current parents (approximately 7,000), as well as to selected college presidents and thought-leaders throughout the United States. We also distribute the magazine campus-wide to faculty and staff, and make copies available to students in residence halls and in the mail room. We solicit some stories directly from students and faculty; we also encourage input and involvement from students and faculty on story ideas. We are especially interested in stories from students on campus life and individual perspectives on life at Scripps. If a student is interested in writing for the magazine, we encourage the student to contact the editor to discuss.

Passwords, the 5C literary magazine

Submit your poems, literary essays, short stories, and artistic submissions (as attachments) to You can also email them with any questions.

The Claremont Student

The Claremont Student is the only 5-college news-magazine, started in 2002 ago by Pitzer students. It now has over 40 people on staff from all the colleges and focuses on reporting on-campus events. The paper has no advisor and is completely student run. The paper doesn’t attempt to cover anything outside of the colleges, but instead concentrates on spreading information about life on the inside. The Claremont Student comes out monthly including a feature that concerns recent trends on the 5Cs.